Release information for Ubuntu 4.10 Preview

Subject: Ubuntu 4.10 Preview released

Most of you receiving this mail registered for the low-traffic announcement list at This is our first announcement! Before we get to the good stuff I''m pleased to announce that we are nameless no more... the name of our distribution is "Ubuntu" (read below for details) and the company supporting the project is Canonical Ltd.

Announcing Ubuntu 4.10 Preview

Ubuntu is a new Linux distribution that brings together the breadth of Debian with a focused selection of packages, regular releases (every six months) and a commitment to security updates with 18 months of security and technical support for every release.

This message is to announce Ubuntu''s first public release:

Ubuntu 4.10 Preview (codenamed the Warty Warthog -- or just "warty")

If you know all about this and just want to get the software, you can find out everything you need to know about getting it here (read on though, as there''s some other good information in this mail including information on getting Ubuntu CDs shipped to you free of charge):

For more information, you can turn to any of the following resources:

Ubuntu Website:

The website contains basic background on Ubuntu, an overview of the project, information on how to get it, and some documentation on the software.

Ubuntu Wiki:

The wiki contains most of the information and documentation on Ubuntu that the team has written thus far as they''ve worked up until now. You are welcome to edit and add to the wiki although you will need to log in first. You log in by clicking on UserPreferences in the top right hand corner of the page.

Ubuntu IRC Channel: #ubuntu on

Anyone is welcome to join the Ubuntu IRC channel for help and discussion about Ubuntu and the Warty Warthog release. We aim to keep the signal-to-noise ratio as high as possible on that channel and on any mailing lists in the project.

Ubuntu Mailing Lists:

Follow any of these URLs to subscribe to the list, view archives, or to change subscription options if you are already subscribed.

Ubuntu Announcement List (Ultra-Low Traffic):

Ubuntu User List:

Ubuntu Development List:

Last but not least, we will gladly ship you a few CDs of Ubuntu at no cost when Warty Warthog is released -- we expect that by the end of October. To receive a complimentary copy of the Warty Warthog release on CD -- or a handful to give to your friends or LUG -- register online at:

Warty Warthog Features

* Simple and FAST Installation

Ubuntu comes on a single CD, with thousands of extra packages available online. The install is optimised for speed and simplicity. Ubuntu has excellent support for laptops (both x86 based and Powerbook / iBook PPC based), and can also be setup in a minimalist server configuration.

* GNOME 2.8

Ubuntu is the first distribution to ship Gnome 2.8, on the day of its release - be the first on your street to try it!

* Firefox 0.9

We plan to include Firefox 1.0 for the gold release of Warty Warthog in October.

* First class productivity software

Evolution 2.0 and 1.1.2

* XFree86 4.3 with improved hardware support

Our XFree86 packages have been updated to support plenty of new hardware. We also have worked hard to detect as much hardware as possible, simplifying the X install considerably. We plan to ship with our next release, due in April 2005.


If you have questions, feel free to ask on the IRC channel, the ubuntu-user mailing list or to reply me at directly.

Regards, Benjamin Mako Hill and the Ubuntu Team

-- Benjamin Mako Hill